Ahead of the first test between the All Blacks and the touring British and Irish Lions, there was no complacency anywhere in, “the land of the long white cloud”.

Maybe Kieran Read should get injured more often.

When the International Rugby Academy of New Zealand (IRANZ) was established in 2001, it's primary purpose was to provide quality training to promising rugby players and coaches in order to maintain our national dominance of global rugby.

However it has since grown into much more than that. It is now an independent avenue for coaches and players worldwide to develop their skills and ability to pave their way into the professional game.

Fifteen years on, the International Rugby Academy is creating success stories from all corners of the globe.

IRANZ Graduate Vaea Fifita is one of those stories.

Last week, the All Black and Maori All Black squads were named to take on the British and Irish Lions.

Continuing on the legacy of national IRANZ representatives, these squads included a whopping 14 IRANZ Graduates.

The British and Irish Lions are simply not good enough to win matches with this schedule. They have no X-factor.

"These courses exemplify why New Zealand are the world leaders in rugby"
"These courses exemplify why New Zealand are the world leaders in rugby" – Graham Henry, Former All Black Coach
"IRANZ exposes players and coaches to what's expected at a professional level"
"IRANZ exposes players and coaches to what's expected at a professional level" – Steve Hansen, All Blacks Head Coach